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Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere breaks viewership records

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 Review: “Winterfell”

Game of Thrones is without a doubt the most popular TV series in the world right now, and has been, for a while. The final season of the show premiered recently, with the first episode receiving a positive welcome from the fans. Now, HBO has revealed the viewership numbers of the episode, and it beats all records that have been set by the show. Read on!

Jon Snow knows nothing, except something about his parentage

HBO reported a record viewership for the show, at 17.4 million viewers. This surpassed the 16.1 million viewers for the Season 7 premiere, and 16.9 million viewers for the Season 7 finale. These numbers are not unusually high for Game of Thrones, which usually sees every next episode get more viewers than the previous one.

The show returned after almost 600 days, and its return marked “the largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO,” according to HBO itself. The total figure of 17.4 million includes the live TV channel, HBO Go and HBO Now viewership. The live TV viewer count tallied up to 11.8 million, with half the rest of the viewers coming in through HBO Now, reports The Wrap.

To get a perspective, here are the US viewership figures for all the past seasons, including HBO Go and HBO Now viewership up till 30 days after each season finale:

Season 1: 9.3 million
Season 2: 11.6 million
Season 3: 14.4 million
Season 4: 19.1 million
Season 5: 20.2 million
Season 6: 25.7 million
Season 7: 32.8 million

Well, as the anticipation amps up for the final season, viewership figures are only expected to rise. Not to forget that streaming has also become more common in other nations, like India, where fans of the show can watch Game Of Thrones online on Hotstar at the same time it airs in USA. This means more live viewers. The next episode airs on 21st April, and from what we can tell from the preview, the pace picks up.

What do you think? Excited for this season? How are you watching the show, this time around? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones grabs six Hollywood Professional Association Awards nominations

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Game of Thrones grabs six Hollywood Professional Association Awards nominations

Game of Thrones has always done well at the awards seasons, and it’s now in what is going to be the last awards season for the show. After a decent run at the Emmy awards 2019, the show now has grabbed a total of six nominations at the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards. Read on!

The nominees for the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards were recently announced, and Game of Thrones leads the pack with a total of six nominations, across four categories. These awards are given for achievements in visual effects, editing, sound effects, and color grading. Here are the categories in which Game of Thrones secured nominations:

Outstanding Color Grading – Episodic or Non-theatrical Feature

The Handmaid’s Tale – “Liars” – Bill Ferwerda // Deluxe Toronto
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – “Vote for Kennedy, Vote for Kennedy” – Steven Bodner // Light Iron
Game of Thrones – “Winterfell” – Joe Finley // Sim, Los Angeles
I am the Night – “Pilot” – Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3
Gotham – “Legend of the Dark Knight: The Trial of Jim Gordon” – Paul Westerbeck // Picture Shop
The Man in the High Castle – “Jahr Null” – Roy Vasich // Technicolor

Outstanding Editing – Episodic or Non-theatrical Feature (Over 30 Minutes)

Stranger Things – “Chapter Eight: The Battle of Starcourt” – Dean Zimmerman, ACE, Katheryn Naranjo
Chernobyl – “Vichnaya Pamyat” – Simon Smith, Jinx Godfrey // Sister Pictures
Game of Thrones – “The Iron Throne” – Katie Weiland, ACE
Game of Thrones – “The Long Night” – Tim Porter, ACE

The Bodyguard – “Episode One” – Steve Singleton

Outstanding Sound – Episodic or Non-theatrical Feature

Chernobyl – “1:23:45” – Stefan Henrix, Stuart Hilliker, Joe Beal, Michael Maroussas, Harry Barnes // Boom Post
Deadwood: The Movie – John W. Cook II, Bill Freesh, Mandell Winter, MPSE, Daniel Coleman, MPSE, Ben Cook, MPSE, Micha Liberman // NBC Universal
Game of Thrones – “The Bells” – Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Mathew Waters, CAS, Paula Fairfield, David Klotz
The Haunting of Hill House – “Two Storms” – Trevor Gates, MPSE, Jason Dotts, Jonathan Wales, Paul Knox, Walter Spencer // Formosa Group
Homecoming – “Protocol” – John W. Cook II, Bill Freesh, Kevin Buchholz, Jeff A. Pitts, Ben Zales, Polly McKinnon // NBC Universal

Outstanding Visual Effects – Episodic (Under 13 Episodes) or Non-theatrical Feature

Game of Thrones – “The Long Night” – Martin Hill, Nicky Muir, Mike Perry, Mark Richardson, Darren Christie // Weta Digital
The Umbrella Academy – “The White Violin” – Everett Burrell, Misato Shinohara, Chris White, Jeff Campbell, Sebastien Bergeron
The Man in the High Castle – “Jahr Null” – Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Casi Blume, Nick Chamberlain, William Parker, Saber Jlassi, Chris Parks // Barnstorm VFX
Chernobyl – “1:23:45” – Lindsay McFarlane, Max Dennison, Clare Cheetham, Steven Godfrey, Luke Letkey // DNEG
Game of Thrones – “The Bells” – Steve Kullback, Joe Bauer, Ted Rae; Mohsen Mousavi // Scanline; Thomas Schelesny // Image Engine

The awards ceremony will be held on November 21st, and while the competition is great, Game of Thrones is likely to walk away with a win across all four categories. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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A second Game of Thrones prequel about the Targaryens is close to getting a pilot

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A second Game of Thrones prequel about the Targaryens is close to getting a pilot

Game of Thrones might have permanently ended, but the universe isn’t done telling its stories. The last we checked, there were multiple prequels under construction, with one prequel — Blood Moon, having finished filming the pilot. Now, it seems like the second prequel is getting close to a pilot order, and it’s about the Targaryens. Read on!

Deadline recently revealed in an exclusive bit that a second Game of Thrones prequel being developed by Ryan Condol with George R. R. Martin, and based upon the downfall of House Targaryen is close to getting a pilot order from HBO. The series is supposed to be based on GRRM’s book, Fire & Blood.

Now, if you’re wondering if you saw Condol’s name among one of the developers of the five prequel series that were initially revealed, let’s save you the time — you didn’t. Condol’s idea is apparently not a sixth prequel, but a revisit to Bryan Cogman’s preuqel idea from a different angle. Cogman had revealed a few months ago that his prequel idea had been scrapped.

Fire & Blood goes from Aegon the Conqueror’s conquests right to the Dance of the Dragons, that marked the fall of the Targaryens, which apparently is expected to be a big part of the series. There is no official information yet, but it looks like the show could get a go for pilot filming anytime now.

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Some fans are angry with the Emmy Awards for giving major Game of Thrones spoilers

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The Emmy Awards 2019 revealed major Game of Thrones spoilers, and fans are pissed

Game of Thrones has been the greatest TV phenomenon of all time, and it has fans all over the world. However, not everybody has watched the show, while some of that fans have still not watched the dreaded final season and others that just haven’t gotten around to it, were all in for a shocker when the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards spoiled key moments from the show. Read on!

The 2019 Emmys didn’t have a host and opened with a sequence instead. It was all great until the Game of Thrones part of the sequence came up, and it had some major spoilers. The sequence showed Jaime knighting Brienne, Arya killing the Night King, a dead Daenerys and the Iron Throne burning, all of which would spoil the show enough to just not watch it anymore. Fans were pissed:

 

 

Well, in all honesty, it’s kind of unfair to expect to be fully safe from spoilers this long after the show has ended. On the other hand, that montage could have totally done without all the spoiler-y bits.

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